Gracemere's Ben Milne - BITS vs Gracemere A grade cricket.
Gracemere's Ben Milne - BITS vs Gracemere A grade cricket. Mike Richards GLA191116CRICKET

Skipper expecting big performance from paceman

CRICKET: Gracmere skipper Aaron Harmsworth says his paceman Ben Milne will be fired up for the A-grade cricket clash against Cap Coast-Parkana today.

"He didn't play last time against Cap Coast and he's ready to go this time. I expect him to do some damage with the ball this weekend,” Harmsworth said.

"He got a hat-trick last week in our 20/20 game against Brothers and I'm sure he will be keen to follow that up with a good performance with the red ball.”

Cap Coast is sure to be firing too after scoring a one-wicket win over reigning premiers Frenchville last weekend.

Harmsworth is expecting them to produce another solid performance today.

"It looks like they're starting to build nicely. Our last game went down to the last over so I'm expecting another close one,” he said.

"You've got to finish in the top two (to make the final) so they're all going to be tight games from here on in.”

With the mercury expected to climb into the 40s in Rockhampton, Harmsworth said he would have to carefully manage his players today.

"As a captain, it means you're bowling your bowlers in a lot shorter spells and you have to think about who's fielding on the boundary and how long they're out there for,” he said.

"We'll be taking extra drinks breaks and both teams will have water on the field.”

The game starts at noon at the Rocky Cricket Grounds.

Meanwhile, young guns Kade Horan and Logan Whitfield will be among several new faces in the Rockhampton open rep team that travels to Biloela tomorrow for the final round of the CQ Championships.

Rockhampton is already guaranteed a finals spot but a win over Callide Dawson tomorrow will mean it hosts the decider.

Jason Wells will skipper the team in the absence of regular captain Aaron Harmsworth.

The result of the other rep match between Gladstone and Central Highlands will determine who Rockhampton meets in the February final.



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